Huawei’s mobile brand Honor has propelled the new Honor 7X in December 2017. The smartphone will be accessible in India exclusively on Amazon India. The Honor 7X is the successor to the Honor 6X that was launched earlier this year and sports some equal highlights like mid-range specifications, and a dual rear camera.

Honor 7X has already propelled in India at Rs. 12,999. It is priced at the same reasonable price point. With this price tag, the device competes with another very popular mid-range, the Xiaomi Mi A1 in India. The smartphone` was launched back in September 2017, with solid internals, stock Android, and dual cameras.

Let’s check out, how these two mid gadgets go up against each other in the most aggressive budget level market of phones in India.

Huawei Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1

SPECIFICATIONS Xiaomi Mi A1 Huawei Honor 7X
DISPLAY 5.5 inches,1080 x 1920 pixels 5.93 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels
MEMORY 64 GB 32/64 GB
VIDEO Yes, 2160p@30fps Yes, 1080p@30fps
CARD SLOT  Yes, microSD, up to 128 GB  Yes, microSD, up to 256 GB
PROCESSOR Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) 2.0 GHz Octa-core
BATTERY 3080 mAh, Non-removable 3340 mAh, Non-removable
SOUND Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
OS Android 7.1.2 Nougat Android v7.0 Nougat
OTHER SENSOR Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
SIM SIZE Dual SIM – Micro And Nano Dual SIM – Hybrid
SIZE  155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm
COLORS Black, Rose Gold, Gold Black, Gold, Blue
SEE MORE Xiaomi Mi A1 Full Specifications Huawei Honor 7X Full Specifications

Huawei Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 Camera Comparison

The Huawei’s Honor 7X is one of the best dual camera smartphones in the budget category. There is a 16-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a secondary 2-megapixel sensor to capture the depth of field for bokeh effect shots. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera shooter for selfies.

smartphone camera comparison

The Xiaomi Mi A1 also packs a dual rear camera setup with both the sensors of 12MP in which one is a zooming focal lens whereas the other is a wide-angle lens. It additionally Portraits mode with SLR style background blur. On the front, the device packs a 5MP camera for selfies and video calling.
If we talk about camera comparison, the Mi A1’s dual camera seems strong on papers. Plus, we click some good pictures with blurred background effect. On the front cameras seem good enough on both the smartphones.

Design and Display Comparison

Talking about the design and build quality, the Honor 7X thanks to its bezel-less design, looks the most futuristic with its unibody metal design and matte black finish. If we talk about the display, the smartphone features an immersive ‘edge-to-edge‘ 18:9 aspect ratio display with minimum bezels on each side. The 5.93-inch Full-HD+ IPS capacitive touchscreen LCD panel with 2.5D curved glass comes with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.

Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 Display

On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi A1 also packs a metal body and feels premium. But when it comes to the display, it looks a little obsolete. It’s an IPS LCD panel So, you won’t get the amazing contrast and colors that AMOLED screens offer. The phone comes with a traditional 16:9 display with considerable bezels. It is a 5.5-inch panel with FHD resolution only.

So, overall as we can see Honor 7X, with its 18:9 bezel-less FHD+ display takes the lead. The Honor 7X smartphone is the winner in design and display.

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Software Comparison

The software here is a decisive point. The Honor 7X runs Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s custom EMUI skin on top, although we do expect the firm to upgrade it to Oreo sometime in the near future. On the other hand, Mi A1 was launched with Google’s Android One Program which means it runs stock Android Nougat out of the box. Moreover, it will get Android Oreo very soon as promised by Google.

Android Comparison

Overall, in the software comparison, MI A1 is surely a winner because of its Android One advantage. Google has announced that the smartphone will also receive the Android P update.

Hardware and Memory Comparison

Hardware and Memory Comparison

The Honor 7X is powered by Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 659 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB, expandable up to 256GB by using microSD card. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with similar 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB by using microSD card. If we talk about the Kirin 659 chipset, the octa-core processor performs well, however, in comparison to Snapdragon, it is not as powerful. There is not much to compare and the Mi A1 with Qualcomm’s chipset is the winner here.

Battery and Connectivity Comparison

Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 comparison

The Honor 7X offers a 3,340mAh battery capacity and the Mi A1 has a little less capacity with 3080mAh battery. On the connectivity options, both the devices have similar features. There is not much to compare in this section as the battery on both the smartphones is decent enough to offer a day’s use.

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Huawei Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 Price Comparison

Price Comparison

Now, talking about the pricing, both the Chinese companies are focusing on the budget segment in India. Where Honor 7X was launched at Rs. 12,999 for the 32GB variant and Rs. 15,999 for the 64GB variant. The Mi A1, which is known for its mid-range pricing has priced Mi A1 at Rs. 12,999.

Huawei Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 Speed Test Comparison

As comparison done on both the smartphone regarding the speed test, there was a clear indication that the Honor 7X was the winner. The speed test was done on the basis of the launching of all the available apps on the smartphones including high graphics intensive games such asphalt and Mario. We have continuously opened and closed the apps and games in which the MI A1 showed some lag while the Honor 7X was running as smooth as starting from the first app. In the final round, the speed compared came to the difference of around 21 second in which the MI A1 loses in front of Honor 7X.

  • Time Taken by MI A1 – 3 Min 9 Sec 
  • Honor 7X – 2 Min 48 Sec

Check Out the Speed test on the basis of Performance, Cameras, Display, and Battery

Final Conclusion

Overall, if we talk about design and display, the Honor 7X is an amazing phone with the latest trend of the bezel-less display. On the speed, wise Honor 7X is faster than Mi A1 and dual camera at such price. However, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has premium look with solid internals, dual camera setup and comes with Stock Android. However, the Mi A1 does not come with a full-screen display and has bigger bezels. So, if you are looking for heavy gaming or big screen mobile phone, Honor 7X is definitely a good option for you at this price.